In the just finished Asia Cup, Virat Kohli scored his first T20I century while opening for team India, sparking the discussion about who should open for India in the forthcoming T20 World Cup. Rahul’s performances have perhaps gone unnoticed, and Rohit was eager to stress out that the Karnataka batter will be crucial for India at the top of the order at the World Cup. In the run-up to the T20I series against Australia, India captain Rohit Sharma declared that the team was clear on Kohli being the “third opener” and supported KL Rahul in the opening position.
“It’s always nice to have options available to you,” added Rohit. “It is very important when you go in a tournament like a World Cup. You want flexibility. We only talk about it, but this is actually what it means. You want your players to be in their best shape, batting in any position and so on. For us, when we try and do something new, it doesn’t mean that is permanent. We understand the quality of all the players and what they bring to us. We do understand that, but yeah it is an option for us.”
“KL Rahul, according to me, will play the World Cup, and open. His performances for India tend to go unnoticed. He is a very important player for India. If you look at his record over the last two-three years, it is very good. I don’t think it is right to not consider one performance because someone else has performed. We are clear what is cooking but I want to make it clear for people. There is no confusion. We are very clear about what KL brings to us. He is a very, very important and a quality player, and a match-winner as well. His presence at the top is very, very crucial for us.”